Pim Schmitz


Talpa buys SBS channels

John de Mol’s Talpa Holding has acquired a 67% stake in the SBS Broadcasting business, giving it full control of the SBS6, NET5, Veronica and SBS9 channels. Talpa bought the part of the business it did not own from Finnish publisher Sanoma. Accordingly, the deal also sees Talpa hand Sanoma its share of the TV […]

Talpa poaches FremantleMedia exec in int’l restructure

John de Mol’s Talpa Media has re-hired FremantleMedia’s Diana Buddingh for a newly-restructured international division, and poached the managing director of A. Smith & Co. to head its US division. Buddingh will be director of global productions at Talpa Global, which is born out the merger of the programming unit Talpa Content and global licensing […]

De Mol’s Talpa launches branded prodcos in Europe

John De Mol’s Talpa Media is launching branded production bases in the UK, Italy and Scandinavia. Talpa UK, Talpa Italia and Talpa Nordic have been established in London, Rome and Copenhagen, with Shed Media, Sony-backed Toro TV and Nordisk  Film TV the respective local joint venture partners. All three bases will produce formats such as […]

Pair of appointments at Talpa

Shashi Baboeram Panday and Barry Masclee have been appointed CFO and chief corporate officer respectively at John de Mol’s Talpa Holding. Talpa Holding comprises a group of companies that each has its own management team including production and distribution division Talpa Media as well as Talpa Radio and Talpa Music. Panday’s appointment follows the departure […]

De Mol poaches key executive from Simon Cowell

John de Mol’s Talpa has poached Simon Jones from Simon Cowell’s Syco. Jones, who was COO at Cowell’s company, will become CEO of Talpa’s new US division, Talpa Media USA.   Prior to Syco, Jones worked at ITV and FremantleMedia. He was the executive producer of American Idol and has also worked on the Got […]